From Tipping Point
COP27 has kicked off in Egypt, and thanks to the tireless efforts of campaigners and Global South countries, finance for loss and damage has made it onto the agenda. Check out this video explaining loss and damage made by Tipping Point and our friends at Green New Deal Rising.
The countries and communities most affected by the climate crisis have been calling for climate reparations for decades. Now i’s finally on the agenda at the UN Climate negotiations.
It has angered Tory MPs and the right-wing press who are claiming that the UK can’t possibly afford to pay its fair share of the damages it has caused, and that we owe nothing to the countries feeling the biggest impacts of the climate crisis!
But the UK is the 5th largest historical polluter of fossil fuels. Our wealth was built through centuries of colonial extraction, and now our government seeks to avoid responsibility for the suffering it is causing through its continued expansion and exploitation of fossil fuels.
The largest 6 fossil fuel companies made enough profit in the first six months of 2022 to cover the costs of climate loss and damage in the Global South for 6 months. The UK government has the power to tax fossil fuel companies, but has made the political choice not to make polluters pay for the damage they’re causing
It’s time to build more popular support for climate reparations and loss and damage finance – we hope you’ll join us on November 12th to demand #ClimateReparationsNOW!
Here’s a reminder of how to get involved this weekend:
London Climate Reparations Bloc & Vigil
10 am: Our friends from Defund Climate Chaos will be painting giant murals in support of #StopEACOP & #StopRoseBank, and in preparation for the Chris Kaba vigil and main march. We’ll also have a few speakers from Stop Rosebank and Stop EACOP campaigns.
11 am: Vigil in solidarity with Chris Kaba. We will show our solidarity with the family of Chris Kaba – an unarmed young Black man shot dead by the police in September. Our message is simple: climate justice also requires racial justice.
11:45 am: Group photo with giant banners from London Eye or nearby building
12 pm: We’ll all join the Climate Reparations Bloc and lead the Climate Justice March towards the final rally at Trafalgar Square where there will also be a series of powerful speakers.
Not in London?
Check out the list of marches and actions happening around the UK this weekend calling for climate justice at COP27 and beyond. There are over 30 events planned so find one near you and get involved.
Spread the word on social media
If you’re unable to join in person, please use this social media pack to spread the word about these actions and help us get huge numbers out onto the streets!
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to climate justice.
See you on Saturday!
Louise on behalf of our friends in the Climate Reparations Network
p.s. if you want to find out more about how we’re using this moment to build the power of the climate justice movement, join our Momentum & Movement Building workshop this Thursday online 6pm-7.30pm with the Stop Rosebank network.